How the Ashes squad impacts your BBL club
Aussie selectors have unveiled 26 players to take on arch-rivals England in this summer’s Ashes and a tour match, meaning a host of big names are set to miss the start of the BBL
17 November 2021, 01:30 PM AEST
The Brisbane Heat's hopes of a second KFC BBL title have been dealt a significant blow with Wade Seccombe's side set to be the most impacted by today's Ashes squad announcement.
The Heat, who finished third in BBL|10 after going down to the Perth Scorchers by 49 runs in The Challenger final last season, will be without Test star Marnus Labuschagne and fellow squad members Michael Neser and Mitchell Swepson.
They will also miss paceman Mark Steketee for at least the first two games after he was included in the Australia A squad to face the England Lions from December 9-11.
Australia announced a 15-man Ashes squad on Wednesday morning that will face arch-rivals England in at least the first two Tests of the Vodafone Men's Ashes series, which begins at the Gabba on December 8.
Aussie selectors also announced an 11-man Australia A squad that will feature in an intra-squad practice match ahead of the first Test in Brisbane. The A team will also face off against the England Lions at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane.
It's expected the Australia A squad members will be available for their BBL teams in the days following the conclusion of that match on December 12, meaning Steketee and the Melbourne Renegades' Nic Maddinson could be available when their two sides clash at Metricon Stadium on December 13.
BBL clubs have been told the Ashes squad members may not be required to travel with the team if they aren't playing, meaning they could fly in and out for matches if they are not selected in the Test XI.
Among the other big name BBL stars to miss most of the tournament due to national commitments is in-form Sydney Thunder captain Usman Khawaja, who has earned a recall to the Test squad after more than two years out of the frame.
Khawaja struck 338 runs at a strike rate of 127 while partnering English import Alex Hales at the top of the order last season, with the pair combining for 871 runs to help the Thunder finish third on the table.
The Adelaide Strikers will also be without their skipper Travis Head after a strong start to the Marsh Sheffield Shield season earned him a spot in the Test squad.
Ashes squad: Travis Head
Australia A squad: Alex Carey, Matt Renshaw
Contracted for BBL|11: Wes Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, George Garton (England), Ryan Gibson, Travis Head (c), Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Harry Nielsen, Liam O'Connor, Matt Renshaw, Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall
Ashes: Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson
Australia A: Mark Steketee
Contracted for BBL|11: Chris Lynn, Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Jimmy Peirson (c), Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Matt Willans, Tom Cooper, Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne, Connor Sully, Jack Wildermuth, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Ben Duckett (England) and Tom Abell (England)
Australia A: Scott Boland
Contracted for BBL|11: Scott Boland, Harry Brook (England), Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Caleb Jewell, Josh Kann, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade (c), Mac Wright
Ashes: Marcus Harris
Australia A: Nic Maddinson
Other: Shaun Marsh is expected to miss the start of the season after suffering a calf strain in the Sheffield Shield, with the veteran batter set to be out until after Christmas.
Contracted for BBL|11: Aaron Finch, Cameron Boyce, Unmukt Chand (India), Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Josh Lalor, Nic Maddinson, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), James Pattinson, Mitchell Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Reece Topley (England)
Australia A: N/A
Other: Seb Gotch (finger) remains under an injury cloud heading into the season.
Contracted for BBL|11: Qais Ahmad (Afgahnistan), Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke (England), Nathan Couter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Tom O'Connell, Sam Rainbird, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Adam Zampa
Ashes: Jhye Richardson
Australia A: Ashton Agar, Josh Inglis, Mitch Marsh
Contracted for BBL|11: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Mitchell Marsh, Lance Morris, Colin Munro (New Zealand), Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye
Ashes: Nathan Lyon
Australia A: Sean Abbott
Contracted for BBL|11: Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Daniel Christian, Tom Curran (England), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Stephen O'Keefe, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince (England)
Ashes: Usman Khawaja
Australia A: N/A
Other: Brendan Doggett is likely to miss the start of the season after the quick suffered a side strain while bowling for South Australia.
Contracted for BBL|11: Usman Khawaja (c), Sam Billings (England), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Baxter Holt, Saqib Mahmood (England), Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain